Aramis Ramirez agreed to a three year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers today.
I'm just going to say how much I love Aramis Ramirez as a player and how I used to idolize him when I was younger. I started watching baseball in the 2003 playoffs so the big Cub players in my "time" were A-Ram and D-Lee. I caught Sosa at the late, forgettable part of his Cub career. Ramirez in the wasn't the best hitter in the league or the best fielder (actually among the worst fielders LOL) but there was something about him always coming through in the clutch and making you jump for joy that made you HAVE to love him. His walk-off against the Brewers in 07 that changed the mood of that season from dreadful to "hey...we just might pull this off" is hands down my favorite Cub moment ever. His 4 home runs against the White Sox in the home series of the 2008 Crosstown Classic is still stuck in my head. His go ahead grand slam against the Phillies in that same season literally had me jumping for joy and I remember every second of it. The walk-off against the Rockies in 2010 is small compared to his other achievements but it always stuck out to me as a highlight in an otherwise miserable season. I can name so many other of my favorite A-Ram moments but you all get the picture.
During his hot stretches when I was a kid, I would look forward to watching the Cubs at night to watch Aramis hit the crap out of the ball. Hell, the whole reason I played third in little league (I'm 18 now) was because of this guy. He was always entertaining and would seemingly always come out a hero. It's such a shame he was bit by the injury bug so often during his Cubs tenure because he would no doubt have 8 straight 100 RBI seasons (something a Cub third baseman has never done) if he hadn't been so injured all the time.
When I was in 8th grade, Aramis had an autograph signing at a Carsons at 4:00. I got out of school at 2:45 and my uncle was supposed to pick me up at 3 to take me over to the signing. I remember as soon as the bell rang, I jetted FULL SPEED for about 10 blocks to the nearest baseball memorabilia store which was located on Irving Park & Austin just so I could quickly buy an Aramis Ramirez card for him to sign because I had nothing for him to sign. I bought the card and ran FULL SPEED back home in about 20 minutes. I still have the signed card in a case in my room.
So long and thanks Aramis. Some Cub fans might have some hard feelings about you leaving to the Brew Crew but this Cub fan will always have a hangar for your washed out jersey shirt in my closet and a special place in my heart for you.